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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Recount in the 2CD

This is no surprise.
Democrat Joe Courtney declared victory over Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons in the 2nd Congressional District on Wednesday, but state officials said a recount would determine the winner of the tight race.

Courtney led three-term incumbent Simmons by 167 votes with all precincts in the eastern Connecticut district reporting, according to vote totals from Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz's office.

Bysiewicz said the race easily met the standard for an automatic recount, triggered when the margin of victory is less than half of 1 percent and is no more than 2,000 votes.

"Right now it's too close to call," Simmons said in a written statement Wednesday. "However, with outstanding absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted, we are looking forward for a fair and accurate account."
Stay tuned.